THANK YOU JEN BITTER
FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO
CHECK OUT SOME COOL PICS
A NICE STORY
I wanted to say I love love love the blog - its such a nice way to remember Pete!
I also wanted to tell you guys about my TON stories. I was introduced to them around 1997 - I was 16 and a good friend of mine was very into TON. He bought me copies of Bloody Kisses and October Rust and I absolutely fell head over heels for the music! My boyfriend at the time (my husband now) wasn't too into them, and my mother was extremely creeped out with Pete's voice. However I continued to listen.
Since then, they've been one of the few bands that have stuck with me the past 14 years - we even played My Girlfriend's Girlfriend for fun at our wedding. :-) I've seen TON in concert 13 times, mostly in Pittsburgh when I was attending college, but also when I was home in NJ we would go into Philly every time TON would play.
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Pete a couple of times, but this one time totally cracks me up. We were waiting outside to say hello, get a pic and so on. Finally it was our turn and I got to take a pic with Pete, he was so nice - of course I wanted a pic of Pete and my future husband so they graciously posed together as well. Pete made some cracks how he didn't mind taking a pic with him because he finally didn't have to look down on someone (my husband is 6'6") and I have a pic of him choking my husband! hahaha. He then leaned in and whispered "now watch this" and fell to the ground in a faint!! Of course, we knew it was a joke, but everyone around us freaked out! My husband along with 5 others carried a completely limp Pete onto the tour bus (imagine that!!). As soon as we were on the bus, he winked, laughed, and got up! Be it a Halloween joke or a way to get away from the crowd, I'm not sure, but he then thanked us and we were on our way! It was too funny!
The last time I saw TON was a tour in May of 2008 with SOiL. We are friends with one of the guys from SOiL, so after their set, we stayed and watch TON for about half of the show and then met him to hang out. I had no idea it would be my last TON show, and it saddens me everytime I think about it that I didn't stay til the end of their set. However this is life and I have had the great pleasure of seeing them 13 times (many a Halloween show too!). I have to say Pete's music, lyrics, and antics are something I won't soon forget, and I thank you for sharing a more personal side as well. I read the blog almost everyday.
Thank you again so much, I hope my story has brought a smile,
Note: I have to apologize for the slow down of the blog posts. Life is interfering with my love of this blog. Till the end of October, I'm scaling the posting back to 4 times a week. Thank you for your continued love and support of us and the blog. You are all an amazing group of people.
Have a Great Weekend.